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Things to do While Recovering From Surgery

Nobody likes changing their routine at any age but that’s exactly what most people have to do after surgery. Recovery time is necessary to allow the body to mend and allow you to get the rest you need. The question is what can you do while you heal? Consider some tasks that will keep you busy while you recover from surgery.

Take Up a Hobby

Now might be a good time to finally knit that chunky blanket or start some other intriguing project. If you don’t feel creative right now, then think beyond crafts to puzzles. Take up crosswords or sudoku for fun.

Get Your Binge On

Binge-watching TV is the newest thing in couch-worthy entertainment and the best way to catch up if you love the soaps. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu will give you access some great old shows that you once enjoyed like I Love Lucy or Bonanza, too. If you want something more modern, look for something newer but still a classic like Friends, West Wing or go for a current show such as Chicago Fire.

Have a Visit

If TV doesn’t interest you, then look up family and friends and have a visit. Why not get on the phone and talk a few years ear off. You have the time and they would love to hear from you. If you are social media savvy, look up that old friend on Facebook to see what is going on these days.

Book It

When is the last time you enjoyed a good book? Check out your local library to see what they have available or send a friend to check out a few page-turners. If you’d rather close your eyes and let someone else do the reading for you, try an audiobook. They have those at the library, too.

Play a Few Hands

If you have someone around to keep you company, then get out the cards and play some fun games like Heart, Gin Rummy or Poker. If you are playing solo then now is a fine time to master all the various kinds of solitaire.

The most important thing you can do as you get better is to listen to what the doctor says and, sometimes, that means staying off your feet. Finding ways to fight boredom makes your recovery time more tolerable.

© 2019 by Orthopaedic Research Clinic Alaska

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The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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